Review of top-ranked coffeemakers on Amazon

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Save: as much as $1,561 (depending on how much coffee you drink), as much as 91 hours queuing time, and the environment
Gain: great coffee on the go, without the hefty price tag
Cost: anything from $15 to over $100 for a coffeemaker depending on your budget
If you’re like 54% of American adults, coffee may be one of the staples of your daily routine.  But your habit could be costing you a lot of money if you’re a frequent visitor at coffeehouses like Starbucks.  According to the website Coffee Marvel, Americans drink an average of 3.1 cups of coffee a day, at an average cost of $1.38 for a cup of brewed coffee (more for espresso).  Multiply that up, and you could be spending as much as $1,561 a year on your daily caffeine fix.

Now I’m not for a minute going to try and stand in the way of you and your caffeine needs.  But instead of standing in line at your local coffeehouse for 15 minutes every morning (which would take up 91 hours / nearly 4 days of your life if you did this once a day every year), why not invest in your own home solution?

Here are my top picks of the best coffeemakers available for a range of budgets:

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Around $25: Mr. Coffee TF5GTF 4-Cup Switch Coffeemaker, Black with Gold Tone Filter

Average Amazon rating 4/5


This coffeemaker is a real bargain – the straightforward design gives you everything you need for basic home coffee brewing, including an indicator light to let you know when the coffeemaker is on, a removable filter for easier cleaning, and a window to show how much water is in the reservoir.

It also features a ‘pause ‘n serve’ option allowing you to pour coffee while it’s still brewing.  If you’re looking for a simple, affordable, no-nonsense solution, this is ideal.

What the reviewers on Amazon have to say:

Pros:

  • “so simple to operate that a five year old can do it”
  • “No programming, no setting…just one button to push”
  • “It makes coffee quickly, with no trouble”
  • “it makes just enough coffee to fill two travel mugs (not the jumbo kind). Perfect for one or two people”

Cons:

  • “You don’t really get 4 cups of coffee but I guess that makes sense given the steam and the water that remains inside and in the grounds. I consistently get coffee at the 3 1/2 cup mark”
  • “the first couple of pots will taste like plastic, even if you wash it, so I recommend brewing nothing but water for a couple of times before you use it to make coffee”

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Around $40: Hamilton Beach 43253 Ensemble 12-Cup Coffeemaker with Glass Carafe, Red

Average Amazon rating 4/5


This Hamilton Beach model offers style and more features for a great price.  Whilst still simple to use, this option has a programmable timer for ‘wake-up coffee’, with a much larger carafe offering up to 12 cups of coffee.

It also has a clever 2-hour automatic shut off function to ensure safe operation, and removable parts for easy cleaning.  And the colour would certainly make this an eye-catching addition to your kitchen!

 

What the reviewers on Amazon have to say:

Pros:

  • “Easy to clean! The mouth of the pitcher is as wide as the base, so it’s easy to get your hand inside to clean it out unlike some”
  • “Few buttons, so it’s easy to program too”
  • “Very light weight, so it’s also easy to move the maker around if needed”
  • “It brews quick and is pretty painless to use”.
  • “love our Hamilton Beach. Besides, look at it. It’s just plain cool!”

Cons:

  • “If you want a stronger cup of coffee then you need to add more coffee grounds or use a stronger blend. The brew cycle is not adjustable for strength”
  • “The water filter installation is confusing. The instructions do not make it clear that the filter comes in one piece and has to be separated, by the user, into two pieces

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Around $100: Cuisinart DCC-2600 Brew Central 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker with Glass Carafe

Average Amazon rating 4/5


If you have a little bit more to spend, Cuisinart offer a classic model with lots of great features, including ‘brew-pause’ options, different cup and strength settings to choose from and an adjustable heater plate.

The glass carafe has enough capacity to brew up to 14 cups of coffee, and there’s no need for new filters thanks to the permanent Gold Tone filter.

What the reviewers on Amazon have to say:

 

Pros:

  • “The DCC-2600 is my new best friend”
  • “I really like being able to see the plain water display on the outside instead of having to strain and look over the top of the pot”
  • “I’m not an interior designer; however, I like the changes made to the outside appearances of this pot compared to the DCC-1200. I just looks better to me.
  • “Keeps your coffee hot; even better than the thermal carafe coffeemakers!”
  • “Easy to load. Easy to clean”

Cons:

  • “The included gold filter is a nice touch and its inclusion should be a constant; however, I still prefer the cheap, paper filters. Paper filters are easier to clean up from than the gold filter”.
  • “The carafe lid is prone to leak on rare occasion”

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Around $200: Bunn A10 Pour-O-Matic Coffee Brewer

Average Amazon rating 4/5


Moving up the budget scale, Bunn are a fantastic, reliable option if you have a little bit more to spend – especially if you’re looking to kit out the office. The glass decanter can hold enough coffee for up to 6 cups, and the sturdy design makes this a highly durable option.

What makes this model special is the ‘Pour-O-Matic’ functionality, which means you can brew coffee much more quickly than with other models.  Once you switch it on, a reservoir is kept preheated at optimum brewing temperature – whenever you add more water to make coffee, the machine immediately begins brewing, giving you fresh coffee in no more than 3 minutes.

What the reviewers on Amazon have to say:

Pros:

  • “When I was looking to purchase a new machine, I only was looking for a Bunn. Bunn makes the best coffee machines, none can compare. Every diner, coffee house, and Dunkin’ Donuts only use Bunn machines”
  • “Brews perfect cups of coffee hot and quickly. Everyone in my office is very happy with the unit”.
  • “I’ve seen other Bunn brewers run years under constant use and never wink out. If you are looking for a constant use brewer, especially for an office setting, this is it”
  • “Bunn’s brew fast by keeping a reservoir of water hot at all times, and the water you pour in today will be tomorrows hot coffee”.
  • “If you are looking for a coffee pot built like a tank, built to last, which makes great coffee quick, saving you precious morning minutes, I would say look no further. You have found your machine”.

Cons:

  • “The taste of the coffee is superb, but it takes more grinds to get it strong”.
  • “The carafe you get with this unit is not the one pictured, which looks just like the commercial carafes, which was a bit of a disappointment at first. The carafe is the NCD decanter, which is more drum shaped and has the flip up lid. This is better for home use, as we found out later, since it is very easy to clean”.

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Of course, these coffeemakers are all great if you’re just after a standard cup of black filter coffee.  If you’re after the real coffeehouse experience in the comfort of your own home however, why not consider an automated machine that makes a range of speciality coffees?  Here are my top picks for different budgets:

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Less than $100: Mr. Coffee ECMP50 Espresso/ Cappuccino Maker

Average Amazon rating 4/5


For coffeehouse-standard espressos and cappuccinos that won’t break the bank, Mr. Coffee offers a great, affordable solution.

This smart little model has a built-in milk frother and a thermal block heater for super-fast brewing.  It also features a removable water reservoir and drip tray for easier filling and cleaning.

What the reviewers on Amazon have to say:

 

Pros:

  • “Incredibly easy to use!”
  • “Compact size”
  • “astoundingly simple to operate and clean”
  • “simple, fairly powerful, and works well”
  • “tremendous value for under $100”

Cons:

  • “drip tray is small and it leaks a little on the counter”
  • “does not have an automatic drip feature… you will need to manually tell it when to stop pouring”

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Around $700: DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine

Average Amazon rating 4/5


If you’ve got more to spend and are looking to take your home coffee-making to the next level, this model from DeLonghi is a great choice.

This sophisticated model is packed full of great features, including an in-built grinder and hot water boiler, allowing you to make top-notch espressos, cappuccinos or lattes with minimum fuss.  The special ‘bean-to-brew’ feature ensures your coffee is ground just before brewing, so you get the freshest coffee possible.  And the intelligent boiler has an instant reheat function, ensuring the water is always at the optimum coffee-making temperature.

What the reviewers on Amazon have to say:

Pros:

  • “best in class for price and performance”
  • “Great crema, hot temperature, rich flavour”
  • “Easily adjusted cup size & coffee strength“
  • “FAST warm-up“
  • “Easy to clean”

Cons:

  • “You can’t have it turn on automatically at a certain time”
  • “A little noisy”
  • “Cup warmer not of much use, and no way to shut it off”

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Over $1,000: Bosch TCA6301UC Benvenuto B30 Thermoblock 15-Bar-Pump Digital Fully Automatic Espresso Machine

Average Amazon rating 4/5


For the top-end of the budget scale, this Bosch model has everything a coffee connoisseur could possibly want.

All of the best coffee machine functionality is brought together, with a built in grinder, milk frother and removable water tank.  You can choose to use ground coffee or beans, and it has a timer function to automatically brew your morning cup of coffee.  The twin height-adjustable spouts allow you to brew two cups of coffee at once, and if all of that wasn’t enough, it even tells you when it needs cleaning! Now that’s the sort of intelligent appliance we could all use!

What the reviewers on Amazon have to say:

Pros:

  • “Stylish, quiet, convenient”
  • “A truly wonderful coffee maker”
  • “strength can be adjusted from mild to extra-strong”
  • “easy to use controls”
  • “works great with even the most oily beans”
  • “the coffee is excellent”

Cons:

  • “bean container isn’t removable”
  • “H2O dispenser spits water and splashes very hot water onto your hand”
  • “water filter needs changing every month along with a cleaning (with tablet)”

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Buy one of these coffeemakers from Amazon:

Hamilton Beach 43253 Ensemble 12-Cup Coffeemaker with Glass Carafe, Red

Cuisinart DCC-2600 Brew Central 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker with Glass Carafe

Bunn A10 Pour-O-Matic Coffee Brewer

Mr. Coffee ECMP50 Espresso/Cappuccino Maker

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine

Thermoblock 15-Bar-Pump Digital Fully Automatic Espresso Machine

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